Dental crowns can be used for a number of reasons. They are restorations, typically made from porcelain, and they are known for their strength, stability, and natural looking appearance.
Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, are designed to fit on top of natural teeth. They can be used in conjunction with a dental implant for a patient missing a tooth. Crowns provide protection for teeth that are cracked or broken. They can also be used for teeth with extensive decay to keep the tooth from deteriorating and to restore functionality and appearance. If a tooth has previously undergone root canal therapy, it may require a crown due to its weak or brittle nature.
When crowns are used in conjunction with dental implants, they can create a natural looking replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants with crowns can be used regardless of whether the tooth was lost due to decay, injury, or disease. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jaw. A custom fabricated crown made to match the color, size, and shape of your existing teeth, is then attached to the implant.
Fabrication of the crown requires impressions of your teeth that are then sent to a laboratory. Crowns are crafted to fit in seamlessly with your mouth, creating a natural looking solution that is consistent with the appearance of your smile.
With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, crowns can last for decades, or even longer. It is important to avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, because they can cause the crown to crack or break. If this happens, you may need to have your crown replaced to protect the tooth underneath it.
If you are in the Raleigh area and think you might benefit from a dental crown, call us today at Holistic Dental Centers, we have offices in Cornelius and in Cary. We can perform an examination and help determine if crowns are the right restoration for you. We also offer a variety of other restorative and cosmetic dental treatments for our patients.